The IRCC Representative Permanent Residence (PR) Portal
IRCC has introduced a new portal for representatives to file applications. The new portal covers permanent residence applications. However, it does not replace the existing Authorized Paid Representatives Portal. This article is an effort to introduce the new IRCC Representative Permanent Residence Portal. Of course, it also covers topics such as the applications you may submit and the process.
- The programs
- How to log in
- Adding applications
- Handling the forms
- Uploading documents
- The client’s role
- Mentorship options!
The new portal currently covers the following programs. Of course, they may add or remove programs from this list at any time. Also, keep in mind that most of these programs accept in-paper applications as well.
Economic class applications
The focus is not on Express Entry. Nonetheless, you may submit the following applications online via the new Representative Permanent Residence Portal:
- Agri-Food Pilot
- High Skilled Program (under the Atlantic Pilot Program)
- International Graduate Program (under the Atlantic Pilot Program)
- Intermediate Skilled Program (under the Atlantic Pilot Program)
- Home Support Worker Pilot
- Rural and Northern Immigration Program
- Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
- Self-Employed Persons Class
- Start-Up Business Class
- Skilled Workers Program (Quebec only)
- Selected Investor Program (Quebec only)
- Entrepreneur Program (Quebec only)
- Self-Employed Persons Program (Quebec only)
Family reunification applications
IRCC accepts all family reunification applications through the Representative Permanent Residence Portal. However, make sure your clients meet the requirements.
- Common-law Partner
- Conjugal Partner
- Parents or Grandparents
- Dependent Child
- Other Relative (siblings, nephews or nieces, uncles or aunts, etc.)
- Adopted children
Refugee and protected people
You may only submit PR applications for these groups via the portal. Therefore, IRB or IRCC must approve the applicant as a protected person first.
You may submit the following applications via the Representative Permanent Residence Portal. However, remember these are PR applications only. Don’t submit TRP applications here.
Click here to access the portal. However, you must have a valid account to log in. If you don’t, then get ready to sign up. Of course, you must have your authorization information and documents to share with IRCC. Moreover, make sure to use a username/password that is unique to this account.
Upon signing to the Representative Permanent Residence Portal, you may create an application. Of course, this step is as easy as clicking the “Create a new application” button. However, depending on the size of the screen, the button’s location varies.
When you create a new application, you must enter the following information.
- Client’s given name(s) and family name
- Client’s email address
- The program and category you are applying
Keep in mind, IRCC will inform the client immediately. Therefore, you must enter their correct email address. Consequently, they will have access to their account. You may then collaborate with the client to finalize their application. I see two significant benefits in this approach:
- The odds of making mistakes are less
- Your client is less likely to accuse you of mistakes as they have to approve the application before submission.
You must fill out some of the forms online. However, they replicate the print forms. Here is a list of online forms. Of course, this could change at any time.
- Generic Application Form for Canada (mandatory for all applications) – IMM 0008
- Supplementary Information – Your Travels (If Applicable) – IMM 5562
- Schedule A: Background/Declaration (mandatory for all programs) – IMM 5669
- Additional Family Information (mandatory for all programs) – IMM 5406
There are many other forms that you need to submit. However, you only need to upload them. Don’t forget to upload the Use of a Representative form! Also, ask your clients to review and sign the forms before uploading.
IRCC has designated a spot for uploading the receipt of payment. Nonetheless, you must visit the payment page and make the payment first. For the rest of the documents, select the correct option from the drop-down list. However, keep in mind the file size must remain below 4 MB.
The good news is that you may select an option as many times as you want. For example, you may choose “Other” three times and each time upload a different file. However, take the following steps:
- Name the files correctly to reflect their content.
- Make sure each file is less than 4 MB.
- Upload the original document checklist for the program. Also, mention the list of uploaded documents on your cover letter.
When submitting via the Representative Permanent Residence Portal, the client will play some crucial roles.
- They must review the IMM 5669 form and sign the declaration. Of course, this means they are not misrepresenting.
- You must ask them to review all the documents and forms for the correctness and completeness of the application.
- When everything is correct, then they must sign the overall declaration digitally.
Of course, as the representative, you also need to sign the declaration before applying.
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